“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Prayer:

Our most gracious, Holy God, we yearn for a Savior. We seek the One who is like us but has remained pure in your eyes and so we continue to wait to be made whole in perfection. We look with boldness toward our own mortality and the day all answers are known and our understanding is sure. We live in that assurance as we journey to the manger and see Your Son, a helpless baby, as we are helpless, yet holding our very souls in His hands for all eternity. 

Thank you, God, for loving us so much, for continuing to pour Your kindness, joy, peace, grace and love into us so that we can pour it on others. We pray in the great glory that is You, in the name of our Savior and our Lord, Jesus. Amen.   

 

Prayer by Kathy Conley, Conference Lay Leader